Wilson Christian's Chase Gurgone (15) goes up to head the ball beside teammate Alex Torres (1) in the first half of Tuesday's NCCSA 2-A semifinal against Alamance Christian at WCA. Gurgone scored on this corner kick as Wilson Christian won 4-1.

Using their heads, Chargers return to championship

Soccer can often present itself as a cruel game, where teams that sustain consistent offensive pressure are foiled with disastrous consequences as the result of one well-timed counter. Wilson …
Wilson Christian sophomore Sophia Nesbit hits the ball at the net during Saturday’s NCCSA 2-A playoff match against Vandalia Christian at WCA. Nesbit had 11 kills, seven blocks and seven digs to lead the Lady Chargers past Faith Christian in four sets Tuesday in Ramseur, sending Wilson Christian to its first state championship appearance since 2013.

Lady Chargers reach state final for first time since 2013

RAMSEUR — The North Carolina Christian School Association volleyball championship match, once a regular entry on the Wilson Christian Academy schedule, will have the Lady Chargers in the final …
Greenfield junior Libby Eagles watches her shot during an NCISAA 1-A playoff match Friday, Oct. 23, against Cape Fear Christian at Greenfield. Eagles won her No. 3 singles match Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the NCISAA 1-A semifinals but the Lady Knights fell 5-2 at Lawrence Academy in Merry Hill.

Doubles sweep triggers Lady Knights’ exit

MERRY HILL — After a pair of tough breaks in doubles, the Greenfield School girls tennis team couldn’t recover in a 5-2 loss to host Lawrence Academy in the North Carolina Independent …

Area Calendar, Oct. 28-29

Wednesday, October 28 High School Boys Soccer NCISAA 1-A playoffs, semifinals — Woodlawn School at Greenfield, 5 p.m.   Thursday, October 29 High School …
Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the World Series in six games Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Arlington, Texas.

Best Betts: Dodgers win first title since 1988

ARLINGTON, Texas — Mookie Betts came to the Dodgers to make a World Series difference. With a mad dash to home plate, he put Los Angeles over the top. The end of a frustrating championship …
Drying trucks continue to prepare the track for a possible NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The race, which was originally stopped Sunday because of drizzle and misty conditions that allowed drivers to complete just 52 of 334 laps, was delayed for a third straight day and will resume Wednesday. Another 115 laps have to be completed to get to the halfway mark of 167 laps that would make Texas an official race.

Cup race rained out for 3rd consecutive day at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas — NASCAR will make a fourth attempt to complete its playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday after persistent mist and cold temperatures continued the long …

Wilson City Little League Glance

Scores Games from Oct. 19-23 Single-A Minor League Ages 5-6 Team R H Rocky Mount Toyota 10 16 Stone Creek 3 13 LEADING HITTERS— Rocky Mount Toyota- Brinlynn Bissette 3-3, …
In this photo from the Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1975, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, Tammy Batts of Rocky Mount, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Durham of Elm City, displays a 14-pound albacore she caught from the Oceana Pier at Atlantic Beach.

Fike-Rampants rivalry has become keen one

A budding rivalry with Greenville Rose would be renewed in a homecoming game for Fike High that also had Eastern 4-A Conference, Division One implications. The Rampants led the division at 3-0 while …
School Sports
Student-athlete of the week

Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Jacob Harper, Community Christian School

Jacob Harper has been a mainstay for his Community Christian School eight-player football team this season, making him this week’s Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the …
Guess Who?

Guess Who?

"Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the photo, please leave a comment below.
"Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the photo, …

WCA takes aim at NCCSA title on home course

Leading the way for the Wilson Christian boys cross-country team at the school’s inaugural By the Moon’s Light night race Sept. 25 was, from left, Seth Trull, Lin Scott and Conner Ford. The trio has led the Chargers throughout the season and figures to finish in the top 10 as they vie for the NCCSA championship Thursday at Wilson Christian.
While runners from Greenfield School and Community Christian School will travel across the state in search of a North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association cross-country title, Wilson …

Area Calendar, Oct. 29-30

Thursday, October 29 High School Cross-Country NCISAA 1-A championship meet at McAlpine Park, Charlotte, noon; NCCSA championship meet at Wilson Christian, 2 p.m.     Friday, …
Greenfield's R.J. Shealy (7) looks to pass the ball by the defense of Woodlawn School's Ali Sharifi (8) during Wednesday's NCISAA 1-A semifinal on Forbes Field. Shealy had a disputed goal late in the first half as part of Greenfield's 4-1 victory.

Game of thrones: Greenfield subdues Woodlawn 4-1, returns to championship game

Strike up the cars, not the buses, for Saturday afternoon on Forbes Field. The Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team is back in position to defend its North Carolina Independent Schools …
Wilson Christian's Chloe Willard passes from the back row as Jocelyn Bailey (5) looks on during Saturday's NCCSA 2-A quarterfinal against Greensboro Vandalia Christian. The Lady Chargers visit unbeaten Ramseur Faith Christian on Tuesday, seeking to return to their first title match since 2013.

Lady Chargers venture to Ramseur for NCCSA 2-A semifinals

The Wilson Christian varsity volleyball team has already handed one team their first loss in the 2020 season. In order to return to the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A title match …

Former Hunt High football star Josh Joyner, right, poses with fellow Hunt graduates and current business partners Megan Coleman, left, and Cecilia Coleman at their new clothing store, Raw Heat, located at Gateway Plaza. Joyner, still the Warriors’ all-time leading rusher, teaches physical education at East Garner Middle School and is working on his doctorate degree in sports management.

Former Warriors great Joyner still seizing the moment

When Josh Joyner was on his way to becoming the all-time leading rusher in the Hunt High football program, he was quick to recognize an opportunity for a yardage gain on the field. Now almost …


In this photo from the Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, edition of The Wilson Times, Southern Nash senior Nathan Paris celebrates after the 3-A No. 4-ranked Firebirds spilled No. 5 and defending state 3-A champion Rocky Mount 21-10 at Southern Nash to stay unbeaten through nine games.

No. 4 Firebirds conquer No. 5 Gryphons 21-10 for Big East lead

STANHOPE — In a showdown of top-five state-ranked teams, No. 4 Southern Nash rallied from a 10-7 deficit against No. 5 Rocky Mount in the fourth quarter at Firebird Stadium to pull out a 21-10 …


The Life and Times Podcast, Dec. 11, 2019

It's the state championship edition of The Life and Times Podcast as the boys discuss Southern Nash impending title game against Charlotte Catholic as well as a quick overview of what's happened so …

College Sports

Coach K: March Madness will be back in ‘21

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts to an official during the second half of a game against North Carolina in Durham on March 7. With the 2020 NCAA Tournament canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Krzyzewski said during an online media session Wednesday that March Madness will definitely return in 2021.
March Madness — in one form or another — is on its way back in 2021, assured Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski in a Wednesday Zoom call. And he likes the team he can put on the floor …
Duke cornerback Mark Gilbert (28) intercepts a pass intended for Boston College wide receiver Zay Flowers (4)  during the first half of a game, Saturday, Sept. 19, in Durham. Gilbert was injured in the game and has not played since. He announced Monday that he was opting out for the remainder of the season to focus on getting healthy for the NFL draft next spring.

Blue Devils dealing with injuries after off week

Duke football is back on the game-week preparation clock following a open date, but not everybody has returned to the practice field. The struggling Blue Devils (1-5) continue to struggle with …
In this image from Conference Carolinas, Barton players celebrate after winning the NCAA Division II national championship March 23, 2007, in Springfield, Mass.
Celebrating 90 Years of Leading The Way

Looking back on one of the greatest finishes in college basketball history

Conference Carolinas is highlighting some of the biggest achievements in conference history. The 90th anniversary of the formation of Conference Carolinas is on Dec. 6, 2020. This story was posted …
Community Sports

Lake Wilson Blue 14U reaches 5-0, beats Greene County

Snyder Pearson and Caroline Adkins each swept their singles and doubles matches to help their Lake Wilson Tennis Club coed 14U Blue team remain unbeaten through five matches with a 24-9 win over …
Pro Sports
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Robert and third baseman Justin Turner pose for a group picture after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the World Series in Game 6 on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Arlington, Texas.

Fitting finale: Dodgers win title, Turner tests positive

ARLINGTON, Texas — No large dogpile, no champagne and a mask on nearly every face — the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their first World Series title since 1988 in a manner no one could …
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Fike @ 50
The quiet superstar: Unassuming Crumpler the central player of Fike dynasty
Carlester Crumpler. Car-les-ter. Crump-ler. The alliterative rhythm of the name lends to the overall legend of its owner, who … Read More
Wilson Fike: State champs of the 4-A football circuit
In the end, it was just like head coach Henry Trevathan said it would for his Fike High Cyclones football team in 1969. The veteran … Read More
Plan of attack: Fike’s formations played a major role in championship seasons
Wedged among the layers that make up the remarkable tale of Fike High School’s three straight state 4-A championships in … Read More